Of all the coneflowers, in all the gardens, you fly onto mine

I haven’t seen many butterflies thus far this year, so a few days ago I was excited to be  treated to a wonderful scene on my garden coneflower.  This beauty alighted and fed for a long time, but she wasn’t alone as another little flying beauty was also admiring the echinacea.

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Photo Credit: Linda Sullivan 

The monarch and the bee had a bit of an aerial scuffle, but soon the bee moved onto some other tasty wildflowers and the butterfly was left to alight and feed for an extended period of time.


If you stop, look and feel nature for even just a short amount of time, you’ll experience a little, glorious heavenly shudder in your very soul.

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The Doctors Are In — THE ROOST

by Sherri Moorer The welcome home screams invited me into the offices of Doctors Zack and Bubbles, ready to begin their official duties as listeners and comforters of human sorrows after a hard day at work. “What am I going to do?” I asked, as I plopped in my recliner. “The phones won’t stop ringing. […]

via The Doctors Are In — THE ROOST

News on the Wing – August Edition — THE ROOST

Visit our News on the Wing page to catch up on birdie and nature-related issues and items retrieved from social media over the last few weeks. For example, read and follow the Tweet about the plight of the Swift Parrot: SWIFT PARROT- @teamswiftparrot Successive governments in #Tasmania have failed to protect swift #parrots from deforestation […]

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via News on the Wing – August Edition — THE ROOST

A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans

Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

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RYAN HUANG, TERRACOMMUNICATIONS, LLC

“Faced with a glorious spectrum of colour, songbirds, just like humans, look for the big picture.

They can lump nearby hues in the colour spectrum into categories, such as shades that are generally red, or generally orange.

A study now shows that this affects their ability to distinguish between certain colours.

The findings, by a team from Duke University in North Carolina, are published in the journal Nature. “

via A bird’s eye view: Songbirds perceive colour like humans — BBC News – Science & Environment

Full link to this interesting article here.

Trump’s next target? The endangered species that define America

“To weaken protections for our unique animals in favor of industry is short-term thinking at its very worst.

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 Bald eagles, grizzly bears and alligators have been brought back from the brink of extinction thanks to the Endangered Species Act. Photograph: Bob Strong/Reuters

 

The Trump administration and its conservative allies in Congress have consistently touted their efforts to “free” the American economy by rolling back regulations. The vice-president, Mike Pence, has said that the administration will deregulate so aggressively that we should all “buckle up”. Pence must have forgotten that seatbelts were instituted as a safety regulation that has saved countless people from injury and death.”

Read the full article from The Guardian here